One of the stars of “Doctor Who” is exiting the popular BBC sci-fi series. The departure of Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald, was confirmed after several days of rumors that the actress would be leaving to play Queen Victoria in ITV’s upcoming “Victoria,” Entertainment Weekly reports.
The upcoming season of “Doctor Who” will be the last one with Coleman.
“ITV confirmed the casting news to the BBC [today], and Coleman herself confirmed her exit on BBC Radio 1 the same morning,” EW reports.
The story quotes Coleman telling host Nick Grimshaw: “I have left the TARDIS. It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.”
EW adds: “Having made her first appearance on the long-running BBC series in 2012, Coleman said that her final days on set were ’emotional,’ but that her exit had ‘been in the works for a very long time.’ She and creator Steven Moffat sat down ‘a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it and the best place to tell a really good story, so, hopefully that’s what we’ve done. I think it’s really, really cool,’ Coleman teased.”
The show’s ninth season is set to premiere Saturday on BBC America.